Be kind to each other, Humboldt

I am too much of a sentimental not to say goodbye to Humboldt in my current position. As of Aug. 28, I am no longer the editor of the Humboldt Journal and East Central Trader.

I have enjoyed my time here being a member of the Humboldt community and I assure you that I am not going far.

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The voice of George Washington, who was revived to me through my love of Broadway musicals and Hamilton, an award-winning show from 2016, is going through my head as I write this:

“Though, in reviewing the incidents of my administration

I am unconscious of intentional error

I am nevertheless too sensible of my defects

Not to think it probable that I may have committed many errors

I shall also carry with me the hope that my country will view them with indulgence

And that after (three) years of my life dedicated to its service with an upright zeal

The faults of incompetent abilities will be consigned to oblivion.”

I have thought about that quote for a long time, especially in the terms of what we leave behind when we leave somewhere.

Overall, my time here has been a wonderful experience of covering community events, connecting with people and organizations, and creating conversations.

If I could leave this journalism world and have only one message stick with people, it would be this: be kind to one another.

We are all just trying to doing our best in this crazy world and, while that should not excuse the actions of everyone, it is a good reason to look a little kindlier on people.

Every story has two sides. Everyone has a reason for being who they are.

While it may be easier said than done, forgive people. We do not always know the full story and, the majority of the time, we rarely will know the whole story. We have the ability to dig a little deeper before we become so set in our ways and opinions.

No matter where I go I will always believe in being kind to people and helping people out when they need it. We all have the ability to do both and I hope we all chose to use this ability to better the world.

Maybe this is naïve of me; maybe this attitude will fall away with time and age. I sincerely hope that it does not and I will fight to make sure I keep this way of thinking.

I hope everyone sees the value in this and does the same.

I will close, once again, with the words of another Broadway musical, Wicked:

“Who can say if I’ve been changed for the better?

But because I knew you I have been changed for good.”

Thank you, Humboldt.

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